Hockey called Princeton player Nic Yee up North – all the way to chilly Grande Prairie to play for the JDA Kings.
After playing minor hockey in Princeton and later midget AAA in Penticton, the 20-year-old wanted to try somewhere new.
He moved to Grande Prairie last year to begin his first year on the junior B team.
“I heard good things about him, he tried out and made the team,” said Yee’s coach Kyle Chapple.
Yee is a “rough and tough” defenceman, who doesn’t make a lot of goals because his main objective is to keep the other team from scoring.
The Kings made it to the playoffs this year but were defeated in the second round.
When their hockey season ended, Yee helped coach the Grand Prairie Panthers Women’s team to win provincials.
“I’m trying different things, to see what I like – both playing and coaching,” Yee said.
Yee is a “fitness freak,” whose teammates look up to as a role model for being in shape, Chapple said.
Yee said he doesn’t take his leadership role lightly.
“There are a lot of younger players on the team, so a couple older players and I took it upon ourselves to be the best leaders we can.”
Next year will be Yee’s last year playing junior hockey because he turns 21. He hasn’t decided what he’ll do after.
“I’m not sure what I’ll do after juniors. I’m going to finish that year and see what happens,” said Yee, who makes time to practice, play and coach while also holding a full time job.